Press Accessories

INSPECTION/COLOR CONTROL SYSTEMS -- Guarding the Web
November 1, 2002

BY CHRIS BAUER Keeping a watchful eye on quality web offset press production has never been easier. With the influx of digital equipment for web inspection and closed-loop color control systems, accuracy, reliability and speed have all taken big steps forward. "The primary influence has been the availability of high-resolution digital cameras versus traditional analog cameras, which provide printers with a more accurate image of their print quality," explains John Woolley, vice president of sales and marketing for PC Industries, of Gurnee, IL. "The other trend is the availability of powerful, low cost computers to analyze printing defects. The bottom line is that

PRESS DRYING/CURING--The ABCs of Press Drying
March 1, 2001

BY SCOTT POLK For printers looking for a cure to their press drying woes, it would be wise to brush up on your alphabet skills. That's because the current solutions have names like UV, IR, WIR, EB and TDS. And if that sounds like a bunch of hot air, well, that's another option, too. Though this multitude of choices can be staggering to someone not versed in the world of sheetfed and web press drying systems, it is also a blessing since the different options have pluses and minuses that benefit a variety of applications. Ultraviolet (UV) curing is a favorite among printers

Woodruff Printing--Scaling New Heights With UV
November 1, 2000

Brent Woodruff was tired of turning down large jobs. If a publication required more than 30,000 copies or was larger than 32 pages, he had to decline the business. And he was tapped out in terms of sales. With his presses running 24 hours a day, he couldn't fit in any more jobs. As vice president of operations for Salt Lake City-based Woodruff Printing, he was taking care of his intermountain service area with his sheetfed presses, but couldn't expand in any direction, geographically or product-wise. Woodruff was keeping his ear to the ground, though. He kept reading about UV printing in trade magazines and

In-line Finishing--Going Retro on Presses
March 1, 2000

BY ERIK CAGLE Ray Frick, CEO and president of Pennsauken, NJ-based The Lehigh Press, recalls a time not long ago when in-line finishing could not match the speed of web offset presses. It was simply impractical. "For many years, the conventional wisdom in our business stated that in-line finishing, as a process, was slow," Frick notes. "There really wasn't a need to purchase new high-speed equipment, only to throw a ball and chain around it, so to speak, with respect to a finishing line and its auxiliary components." That is no longer the case. The rotary cutter, formerly the culprit behind the slowdown in